CIW families join over 4 million in global Climate March!…

A delegation of farmworkers and their families from Immokalee assemble in Naples, Florida, for a group photo following the local Climate March last Friday evening. Events continue this week across the globe calling for immediate and meaningful action to combat the climate emergency as representatives gather at the United Nations in New York City for the UN Climate Action Summit.

Marchers in Naples, Florida, take part in global protest to unite behind the science and fight climate change, and the CIW was there!…

Last Friday was a day for the history books.  In an unprecedented show of unity across borders, cultures, languages, and political ideologies, over 4 million people across the globe took to the streets in thousands of cities to demand urgent action from their elected officials to address the ever worsening climate emergency before it’s too late.  And of course, the CIW was present and accounted for!

The Global Climate March was called to echo the now famous Friday “School Strikes” launched just one year ago by then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden, when she skipped school to hold a one-person protest against government inaction outside the Swedish Parliament building.  The movement started by Greta with her simple, eloquent protest (below, left) ultimately inspired millions and sparked the largest youth-led march in the history of the globe on Friday (below, right, marchers fill the streets last Friday in San Francisco, California, in just one of thousands of similar actions in cities from London to Tokyo):

The global march was so big that even the sleepy, retiree community of Naples, Florida, got in on the action (below), making its own art, energy, and noise to call for urgent action to protect the earth from the existential threat of climate change:

And the CIW — no stranger to the job of making its voice heard by the corporate and government powers that shape our lives — joined allies in Naples for a joyous, diverse march that united people of all ages:

The Naples march was an historic gathering that reflected the growing consensus across a broad spectrum of people here in Florida and across the globe in support of urgent climate action.  We will no doubt be taking to the streets again in the months and years ahead, as the earth’s clock continues to wind down toward an inconceivable future of irreversible global warming.  To wrap up today’s post, however, we will give the last word to Greta Thunberg herself, from her speech from Monday, Sept. 23, at the UN Climate Action Summit: